The Young and the Restless Needs to Stop Playing Sharon and Adam as Endgame — and No, the Reason Isn’t the Whole ‘He Stole Her Baby’ Thing
It’s actually far less complicated and dark than that. Well, a little less complicated and dark.
We know that many a member of The Young and the Restless’ audience is waiting breathlessly for the day that Sharon sticks a fork in her marriage to Rey in order to reunite with former husband Adam. We’re not among them.
It isn’t that we haven’t seen the same as you have the sizzling chemistry between Sharon Case and Mark Grossman. It would be as hard to miss as a fire on the sofa. And it isn’t that the show hasn’t sold us on unlikelier pairings than the former Newmans. Heck, we were really into the idea of Jack and Gloria! It isn’t even that Sharon and Adam’s marriage was so toxic, it’s a wonder it didn’t earn a spot in our Hall of Shame.
So what is it, then?
They Moved On
When the character of Adam was resurrected with Justin Hartley’s face in 2014, it barely registered as a blip on Sharon’s radar. No more was it an issue that he had abducted her daughter Faith at birth and passed her off as the child that he’d caused then-stepmother Ashley to miscarry. Sharon was all about new love Dylan and keeping from him the fact that “their” son Sully was really Christian, her old love Nick’s son with his late wife, Sage.
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As for Adam, once given a new lease on life, he didn’t endeavor to spend it with Sharon as if she was and always had been his one and only. On the contrary, he was all about reuniting with Chelsea and reforming their family with son Connor.
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Now we don’t know about you, but if Sharon had been our be-all and end-all, when we came back from the dead, we would’ve moved heaven and earth to be with her, not Chelsea. Adam, on the other hand, didn’t move either heaven or earth.
What can we conclude from this? Chelsea, not Sharon, is Adam’s endgame.
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And Another Thing…
Although The Young and the Restless has forced us to accept that OK, Sharon really has forgiven Adam for stealing her infant and letting her grieve the “death,” it’s simply not going to convince us that she’s cool with him having a presence in Faith’s life. Not that he’d harm her in any way — well, depending on how unstable the writers decide to make him on any given day — but because… what message would Sharon be sending her impressionable teenager? That no matter what a guy does to you, if you really, really spark together, you just write it off as “Nobody’s perfect” and be with him, anyway?
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After everything that Sharon’s been through, from Matt’s rape to Cameron’s abuse, we just do not buy that she would want to model that kind of behavior for Faith. We do not buy that Sharon has worked so hard on herself, to get her head straight and become the self-sufficient cancer survivor that she is, to ultimately say, “Oh, but I like the bad guy. So whatevs.”
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Furthermore, if The Young and the Restless really wanted us to swallow that Sharon is Adam’s true love, the one way to do that would be to — that’s right — have him walk away from her and stay away. Have him recognize that he’s awful for her and her mental state, awful for her self-image and the way that others view her, and leave her the freak alone!
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Ironically, that course of action would be far more romantic than just watching Adam and Sharon surrender to passion. “Oo, they hooked up.” Big whoop. The greater demonstration of love is sacrifice. She needs to sacrifice her attraction to him for the sake of her stability and for the sake of her daughter. He needs to give up his hold on her in order to prove to himself — and us — that he can be redeemed. Maybe then we — and, for that matter, Chelsea — can go all in on them as a couple.
What do you think, Young & Restless fans? We suspect you have… feelings. Share them in the comments below, then check out this photo gallery that revisits Shadam’s highs and lows — so! many! lows!
<p>After Adam stole Sharon’s baby and gave it to Ashley, letting Sharon believe her child had died, he became drawn to her due to his guilt. It wasn’t long before the pair fell in love.</p>
<p>Sharon and Adam impulsively decided to fly off on the jet to Lake Tahoe. There they eloped in a snowy and romantic setting.</p>
<p>On their return from their elopement in Tahoe, the jet crashed. Adam had shown Sharon a note saying her baby was still alive, but after recovering in the hospital, she didn’t remember seeing it.</p>
<p>Sharon was indebted to Adam when he saved her son, Noah, and his girlfriend, Eden, from a fire. They were canoodling in an upstairs room of the Carlton house when Daisy caused the fire.</p>
<p>After pinning Richard Hightower’s murder on Patty Williams, Patty began to tell people she didn’t do it. Adam shipped her out of Genoa City, then learned that Sharon had taken Faith to the Abbott cabin. He showed up there, but Sharon mistook him for an intruder and shot him in the arm.</p>
<p>After the secret about Faith came out, Adam tried to go the insanity route, ending up in a mental facility with Patty Williams, before faking his own death and framing the Newmans (he’d actually killed Richard Hightower). Eventually, he ended up back in Genoa City and made strides toward redemption by saving Faith’s life. Adam had convinced Sharon to give him a ride in a storm, and the trio wound up taking shelter from a tornado in a barn. Adam protected Faith when a beam fell in the collapsing structure.</p>
<p>After a brief romantic interlude in New Orleans, after which Sharon walked away from Adam to keep custody of Faith, she was there for Adam when he was arrested for the death of Skye Lockhart. Through a series of convoluted twists and turns that culminated with Skye falling into a volcano in Hawaii, Sharon was later charged in her murder as well.</p>
<p>Adam proposed to Sharon at the Valentine’s Day ‘Puppy Love’ benefit. Sharon’s ex and Adam’s half-brother, Nick, unhappily watched as she accepted and agreed to marry Adam again.</p>
<p>When Sharon was convicted of killing Skye, Adam helped her escape from the courthouse. Complete with a dye job, Sharon left town. She was supposed to meet up with Adam, but decided everyone was better off without her and let them all believe she was dead. When Adam later discovered she was alive and with new love interest, Sam, he threw the evidence that could have exonerated her in the creek.</p>
<p>Sharon was the one who found Adam after Patty threw pesticide into his eyes in the Newman shed. She stayed by him in the hospital where he had been blinded by the attack.</p>
<p>After Sharon’s retrial and exoneration, she was forced to get a restraining order against Adam to keep Faith. They saw each other regardless, as Adam was broken without her. When Sharon ended up married to Victor, but discovered he was using her, she and Adam made love in Victor’s office at Newman Enterprises beneath his portrait.</p>
<p>Adam had two more fire rescues to his name. The first was in Kansas after he went blind and retreated there with Sharon. The second was when Sharon snapped and set fire to the Newman ranch. Adam hid Sharon and supported her after the fact, which didn’t go over well with his new love, Chelsea.</p>
<p>Sharon was the first person Victor allowed in to see Adam after he wound up in the hospital after taking a bullet to save his father. Chelsea agreed to the arrangement as well.</p>
<p>Adam and Sharon revisited their passion numerous times throughout his initial years with Chelsea, but it was never quite the same between them. Sharon eventually decided to give up on the idea of a reconciliation.</p>
<p>When Adam was presumed dead, yet showed up very much alive with amnesia and going by the name ‘Spyder’ in Las Vegas, it was Sharon who Victor called upon to help convince him to come home. The pair made love once before he reconciled with Chelsea. Later, Sharon, battling breast cancer, began acting as his therapist over a childhood trauma and their attraction sparked again.</p>
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